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Roy Wood, Jr.'s Roast of Kamala Harris Was Awkward, Hilarious, and True

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 1, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 1, 2023 |


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I don’t know what the opposite of a backhanded compliment is, but that was exactly the treatment that Vice President Kamala Harris received during a successful Roy Wood White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech. Wood brilliantly managed to skewer Tucker Carlson, Ron DeSantis, the Republicans, Democrats, the media, and Joe Biden, without resorting to false equivalencies (the speech was delightfully short on Trump content). The last seven minutes on the state of the media, its importance, and what journalism has meant to Wood’s exceptional parents is also great.

But the best part of the speech starts with this line: “The most insulting scandal to fall to the feet of the Biden Administration is placed at the feet of our Madam Vice President. The Scandal of, ‘What Does Kamala do?’”

The look on Kamala’s face to that setup was like, “Oh shit. Here we go.”

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But Roy Wood, Jr. turned that set-up around. “That’s a disrespectful question because no one ever asked that question of the Vice President until a woman got the job. I don’t know what Mike Pence did. The only thing I know about Mike Pence is that he’s really good at playing hide and seek at the Capitol … at the end of the day, as Vice President, the only thing you got to do is be better than Dick Cheney. That’s the bar. Just be better than Dick Cheney. They made a documentary about Dick Cheney. Now, I don’t know much about the job of Vice President, but I do know that if they can make a documentary about your time as a Vice President, you Vice President’d incorrectly.

“And if a VP’s job is really just waiting to step in to save the country in case of emergency, then the job of Vice President is the perfect job for a Black woman. It shouldn’t be. But it is. And whatever you do accomplish, all they are going to do is just give a man credit for it. Anything you do … they are just going to give a man credit for what you have done. By the way, Mr. President, great job at being the first woman Vice President.”

The VP jokes are queued up here. Rewind to the beginning of the video to watch the entire speech.